The Coon Rapids Teen Center, which has been housed at the Riverwind Park building for many years now, is closing its doors for good.
As of June 1st, the Teen Center will no longer be in operation. Instead, the city is partnering with Youth First Community of Promise to offer programming for kids in the area.
This summer, interested youth will be bused from Coon Rapids Middle School to the Youth First facility in Ramsey three days a week to take part in the program, which is free including lunch and snacks. And starting in the fall, teen activities will take place at both Coon Rapids Middle School and Coon Rapids High School.
"The hope with the new program is to really identify kids in the school district that need a program like this," according to Ryan Gunderson, Coon Rapids recreation coordinator. "They might not necessarily be fitting in with after school programs, they might not be fitting in with other activities, they might not have something to do after school or they might be coming from an economic or social background that tends to lead them to need a little bit of assistance and support and mentorship."
City officials say the Teen Center at Riverwind only attracted a handful of regulars and was not convenient for students. Also, the space that currently houses the Teen Center is expected to be torn down when Riverwind Park undergoes a major renovation project next year.